Job Opening:

Reference Librarian

Looking for an outgoing person, savvy with current technology, experienced in legal research, who loves to network and partner with other organizations to help people with their legal research needs. Join our skilled team of professional librarians who love what they do! We are Law Made Public! If you are self-motivated and believe that access to the law is providing access to justice, send us your resume and cover letter telling us why you would be a good fit for this position.

This job is with the San Diego Law Library, the only free public legal information resource in the county. This position will work at BOTH our Downtown San Diego and North County (Vista) libraries.


Provides excellent reference and circulation services to library patrons. Promotes the library, its activities, and resources using a variety of tools and techniques. Instructs library staff and patrons about library resources and reference techniques. Drives change throughout the library by leading and participating in special project teams. Responsible for the smooth running of branch operations. Will provide services at both our Downtown and North County Locations, as needed.


SPECIAL LEGAL KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrate substantive and specialized knowledge of the legal field in assisting patrons and the creation of information content. Responsible for creating an atmosphere for continual learning and professional growth through the mentoring of colleagues. Responsible for acquiring new skills and communicating knowledge formally and informally with staff and patrons.

INFORMATION DESK: Uses knowledge of collection, community resources, internet resources, the catalog, and other tools to provide reference services to patrons. Demonstrates mastery in all iDesk procedures and processes and acts as a role model for others. Responsible for staffing the iDesk with other team members. Must be able to travel and staff both our Downtown and North County locations.

BRANCH OPERATIONS: Responsible for efficient and effective branch operations in coordination with all branches to support the library’s mission and vision. Proactively seek effective means of managing branch operations, including day to day operations, short and long range planning. Provides input on equipment and technology purchases. Assures accuracy in monetary transactions. Responsible for branch collection maintenance and development, educational programs, local marketing, relations with local court, coordination with legal groups for clinics and programs, supplies, equipment maintenance and repair, facility maintenance and repair.

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: Proactively create programs and content to meet user needs and promote the library in the community.  In conjunction with the Assistant Director User Experience and other Librarians, partner and collaborate with other non-profit organizations such as public libraries and local bar associations to provide innovative programs to different demographic groups. Market and promote law library programs, special events and MCLE Classes to the general public, the legal profession and the business community. Use social media sites and emerging technologies to market law library events, resources and services. Must be able to travel to off-site partner events and programs.

E-NEWSLETTER & SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR: Responsible for contributing to the marketing of the law library through traditional and innovative resources such as our E-newsletter, website, Facebook, Twitter, Webchat, etc.

ASSESSMENT: Uses assessment tools, metrics, and analyzes data relating to reference assistance and educational programming. Assessment includes implementing surveys and capturing testimonials from participants.


·         Masters in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited school or Juris  Doctorate from an ABA accredited Law School or equivalent legal experience.

·         Three to five years prior legal experience or law library experience. Significant legal research and bibliography experience in print and electronic formats.

·         Demonstrated ability to instruct the general public and attorneys on legal research tools and concepts.

·         Intermediate skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook.

·         Demonstrated ability with Web 2.0 and social media technologies.

·         Previous customer service experience or extended experience in dealing with the public.  Highly skilled in communicating with people from diverse educational and social backgrounds.

·         Willing to adapt to different conditions on a daily basis.

·         Ability to multi-task, set priorities and be self-sufficient.

·         Will be required to work as needed at both our Downtown & North County locations.

·         Project management experience preferred.

·         Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Other Information:
·         Must be able to travel to all library locations, partner locations, and events.

·         Required to work some Saturdays and evenings.

·         May be required to attend social and networking events outside of normal business hours.

·         Additional responsibilities, duties, and projects as assigned.


Send resume with cover letter and three professional references to

Applications accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted until position is filled.

The San Diego Law Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All interested parties are encouraged to apply.